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Gregory Gómez
Sculptures by Gregory Gómez seen at Addison (CTA Brown), Chicago - The Encrypted Inning
Sculptures by Gregory Gómez seen at Addison (CTA Brown), Chicago - The Encrypted Inning
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The Encrypted Inning

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“The Encrypted Inning" (sand-cast bronze and patina; 2007) is Gregory Gómez’s relief sculpture installation, celebrating both the Chicago Cubs and the human capacity to communicate complex information via two-dimensional symbols. Using the traditional method of baseball score-keeping, the sculpture describes the top half of the sixth inning and the bottom half of the ninth inning of the May 14, 1969 baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres.

Among the colorful roster of Cubs players were both Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, who helped the home team come from behind to win the game with a score of 3 to 2.

The box score symbols, re-created here in bronze, are derived from samples of Cubs broadcaster Ron Santo’s own writing. The Padres’ sixth inning is represented on the interior façades of the elevator towers, facing the passenger platform, and the Cubs’ ninth inning is represented on the exterior façade of the east elevator tower.

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Gregory Gómez

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For the last several years I have explored a new approach to creating fully dimensional sculptural works.
My current approach creates open-surfaced forms from protruding tactile cast bronze or aluminum shapes. The tactile shapes, colored dark with either patina or anodizing, are visually balanced with the open areas. They reveal the welded stainless steel structure of the crossing rods that deliver the graphic shapes to the surface of the forms.

The designs for my sculptures also reference mathematics and other archetypical forms. These sculptures are not solid forms, as they are each defined by an insubstantial, semi-transparent field of points. They are therefore the mere “ideas” of the forms, and serve as open metaphorical gestures. They are thus available for the viewer to interpret, upon which to project their own meaning. In addition to the originality of the overall design, passersby discover rhythms and morays in the sculpture. These unique pieces are visually interesting and conceptually intriguing, as substantive as they are transparent, as accessible as they are perplexing.” - Gregory Miguel Gómez

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